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Brexit is disrupting the activities of universities in the UK that are committed to support research, innovation and education networks, and it will be even more so after the actual exit on Friday 29th March.

Of course, the damages will depend on the scenario. Research, innovation and education networks will be hindered more badly in case of a no-deal.

But in any case, universities in the UK should be committed to strengthening their ties to collaborators abroad, and they might even size the opportunity for creating new partnerships with North American and Asian institutions. However, Europe remains a major actor in research, so universities in the UK cannot neglect their European partnerships. Moreover, UK's universities have a long history of productive collaborations with their German and French counterparts for instance. So, here I would like to focus on European partnerships of UK's universities.

In this context, some of the top UK's universities want to mitigate the consequences of the Brexit and sustain research, innovation and education networks with their European partners, focusing in particular on sustainable partnerships.

I will break down the question in the title into three specific questions:

  1. What is the strategy of research-intensive universities in the UK to retain access to a substantial pool of European fundings to sustain their research and innovation ?

  2. What is the strategy of top universities in the UK to ease the mobility of researchers (from the EU to the UK and the other way around) ?

  3. What is the strategy of top universities in the UK to ease student mobility and still attract bright students from the EU ?

closed as primarily opinion-based by James K, indigochild, Martin Schröder, JJJ, Giter Jan 12 at 1:58

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  • In what way is it " clear that Brexit is disrupting the activities of universities in the UK that are committed to support research, innovation and education networks"? A quick search shows a number of articles showing that there is concern about what might happen, but not what is or has happened. – RWW Jan 11 at 22:25
  • Questions of "what should the priorities be" seem to a matter of opinion, rather than fact or judgement. This question seems likely to provoke discussion rather than answers. – James K Jan 11 at 22:32
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    VTC as opinion-based. StackExchange is organized as a question and answer site, not a discussion forum. Although it's an interesting topic, it needs to be asked in such a way users can tell what the "best" answer is. If you had multiple responses, how would judge which was the best? – indigochild Jan 11 at 22:36
  • @JamesK: I changed the title. – Anthony Bordg Jan 11 at 23:37
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    @RWW: in some sense it's already disruptive, researchers are worrried by the Brexit turmoil, some of them decline positions in the UK, some researchers try to avoid European grant proposals that are UK-heavy regarding their participants. – Anthony Bordg Jan 12 at 0:01